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Compass Point launches new routes into film and media

A new career development scheme aimed at overcoming barriers faced by black and ethnic minority workers in film and television launches this month.
Inspired by a UK Film Council finding that black and ethnic minority professionals are underrepresented in film, television and related media industries, the new venture, Compass Point, will be a springboard for aspiring media creatives and entrepreneurs looking to fast-track their careers. Running over two years, Compass Point is an initiative of the National Film and Television School (NFTS) in association with B3Media.
Backed by the European Social Fund Equal Programme via Skillset and the UK Film Council, Compass Point will give a career boost to 32 aspiring media creatives with a programme of skills enhancement, business planning and mentoring from established industry figures. Participants will be enabled to develop a strategic overview of their current practice, develop their entrepreneurial competencies and greatly enhance their overall professionalism so as to compete more effectively in the marketplace. The Compass Point programme includes workshops and practical assignments in business-planning and project development. Participants will also make a short DVD.
Graduates of the scheme will be positioned to enhance their businesses and develop their own careers, and play a vital role in creating a more representative UK media industry. The first year of the programme runs January – July 2006 and applications for the first 16 places must be in by December 12.
Full details of the scheme and how to apply are on the NFTS website at

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